Mar 072015
 
Explore The Elements – Travel Photoblogging Challenge by Thomas Cook

 Earth, Water, Fire and Air:  Explore the Elements Photography competitions are a tricky lot and one is never sure what to expect in the result as you are not only competing against the very best around the world you are also competing with yourself to showcase what you think is your best work. So a long time ago I decided that if I will take part in a photography contest it will be for the fun of it,  as it encourages me to check the good work of artists from around the work it subconsciously helps me learn new things [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 182014
 
Nilgai in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

  Morning Mist and Nilgai pair in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary This picture has a bit of history, for those who care. It was clicked about 5 year ago with a point and shoot camera, in Sultanpur  Bird Sanctuary on the outskirts of Gurgaon. We have gone there early morning  for birding with all the kids in the family in winters and it was very cold and misty. If I remember correctly one of the kids noticed some movement in distance and said there is something there. So I just pointed and clicked with my point and shoot camera.  We could not [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 012013
 
Lonely Planet Best Travel Photo Contest

Two of My photos won Lonely Planet  Best Travel Photo Contest Today turned out to be very special day for me. Some of you would remember my posts on my visit to Tal Chapar wildlife Sanctuary. I submitted some of those pictures in Lonely Planet  Best Travel Photo Contest. I was casually browsing through their website and saw a post mentioning the prize winners for the contest. While yours truly’s name was not in the top three winners, I did saw my name in the consolation prize winner list. After exchanging emails with Bodhisattva Sen Roy, Digital Editor & [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 152012
 
The Hedgehog of Forest Rest House in  Tal Chapar Rajasthan

The mysterious little creature of Forest Rest House Tal Chapar Rajasthan   Let me be honest the moment the word Forest Rest house comes to my mind, a rickety old bungalow with no power and plumbing comes to mind, with an old Chowkidar with a lantern who does not cast a shadow completing the picture. So when Shreeram MV of Darter informed me that we will be staying in Forest Rest House in Tal Chapar Rajasthan, I was mentally prepared to rough it out in the middle of the jungle. Surrounded by beautiful Indian acacia trees with fragrant yellow flowers, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 122012
 
Thali for lunch in Rural Rajasthan in Tal Chapar

Lunch in Rural Rajasthan- A Thali to be cherished —On our second day during the Tal Chapar visit, Mr. Poonia was kind enough to take us to a section that technically is outside of the sanctuary, but has a lot of rare birds coming.  The challenge is this section is near mines where limestone and other minerals are being constantly taken out, leading to loss of vegetation and habitat for the birds. Fortunately no new mines are being allowed in the area and hopefully the current ones will also be stopped soon. Just look at the picture of the Butterflies and you [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 152012
 
7 Things Blogging Changed In My Life

These indiblogger guys keep on pushing me to get out of my slumber and write more frequently. This time the topic is how blogging has changed my life; I was like ok let me ponder this, as contest or no contest I have been thinking about it recently. I think blogging has changed my life in 7 major ways and let me list each one of them: 1.       Life is more than Deadlines: I think once I started blogging and reading blogs of others one question that has been hounding me is why my life revolves around the deadlines [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 092012
 
The Cunning Fox of Tal Chhapar Rajasthan

Observing Animal Behaviour in Wild- Encounter between a Fox & an Eagle  The Cunning Fox Ever since our childhood, we keep on reading about the smaller carnivores of the jungles of India. The Wolf is portrayed as a ruthless killer, the jackal as sly, and the hyena as despicable all stereotypes worthy of further debate and investigation. But it is the fox that takes a special place in jungle lore and has maximum stories dedicated to her. From the fox that could not reach the sour grapes to the Chalak lomdee ( चालाक लोमड़ी or clever fox) in all the cartoons [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 082012
 
Tal Chapar-Rajasthan for Bird Watching

  Tal Chapar: A Hidden Birding Paradise in  Rajasthan   Tal Chapar in Rajasthan a bird watching trip If you are ready to look beyond the forts, and palaces and tigers of Rajasthan then Tal Chapar ( also spelled Tal Chhapar) is for you. Tal what? You may ask an obvious question as Tal Chappar is still not an on the tourist circuit unless you are a raptor from Central Asia from countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,   Russia etc. Tal Chappar is to bird watching what Ranthambore and Jim Corbett are to tiger spotting. Situated in a hidden corner of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 052012
 
Train To Rajasthan

  As I mentioned in the previous post that I was travelling to Tal Chapar wild life sanctuary in Rajasthan. I had to travel to Ratangarh from Delhi in order to reach Chapar, so I decided to take a train and booked my tickets online using Indian Railways online ticket booking website. Now Rajasthan most people relate to three things Forts, Palaces and dunes in desert forgetting there are many more wonders that Rajasthan has to offer, and I will cover one such hidden gem of Rajasthan in this series. This Delhi Bikaner route till about a decade ago [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 102011
 
Trip to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary : A Bird watching with kids

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary- An Oasis in Concrete Jungle of Gurgaon We live in concrete and glass jungle called Gurgaon the city that encroached on the fertile lands of Haryana, taking over one field at a time. Most of the ponds that enriched the water table were filled with the construction debris and the oldest mountain range in the world Aravalis was brutally mutilated by the mining lobby. But among all this lies the Sultanpur bird sanctuary in Gurgaon on the other side of the highway close to ancestral village of Nawab of Pataudi. Sultanpur bird sanctuary is a less famous compared [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]